A New Tradition of Holiday Recipes

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits!

redwhiteblue    Struggling to find a delicious dessert for Fourth of July? Maybe it is time to have a healthy dessert. Try making Red, White, and Blue Parfaits! They sound delicious, don’t they? The parfaits consist of strawberries/raspberries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt in the middle. This is a simple dessert to make, but fits in well with the theme of Fourth of July. If you want to end your search for a delicious dessert for Fourth of July, use this recipe! Follow the guidance and instructions below!

Ingredients: 

  • 1  8 ounce carton of vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2   8 ounce container of frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • cups of fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups of fresh blueberries

Instructions: 

  1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.
  2. To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture. Cover and chill for up to an hour. Makes 6 servings.
  3. Enjoy the end of your search with a delicious Red, White, and Blue Parfait!

Happy Fourth of July!

Nicole.

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Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs!

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                 Time to celebrate the Fourth of July! Having a party or gathering with family or friends? Having a hard decision on what to serve? Here’s something new to try: Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs! Sound delicious, right? Besides having the old tradition of regular sauce, these ribs are served with a cherry-barbecue sauce. The sauce allows for the ribs to have a different flavor. Unfortunately, my family has not been privileged enough to try this yet, but for Fourth of July, I will definitely encourage my family to make this recipe. It not only looks delicious, but I am sure it taste delicious as well! If the Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs interest you, follow the recipe below!

Ingredients: 

   – 4 pounds of bone-in-country-style pork ribs

   –  1/2 cup of orange juice

   – 2 teaspoons of Liquid Smoke, optional

    – 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

                                                     – 1/4 teaspoon of pepperSmiley%20Face_ThumbsUp

                                                       – 2/3 cup of barbecue sauce

                                                      – 1/3 cup of cherry preserves

                                                    – 1 tablespoon of molasses

Directions: 

1) Place the ribs in a 3-quart. microwave-safe dish. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, Liquid Smoke if desired, garlic powder, and pepper; pour over ribs. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender.

2) Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the barbecue sauce, preserves, and molasses. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) Drain the ribs. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.

4) Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until browned, basting with sauce and turning occasionally. Then enjoy the delicious Cherry-Barbecue Pork Ribs!

                                      Happy Fourth of July!

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A Mother’s Most Favorite Dessert !

Mother’s Day is a great day to bake their favorite dessert! As long as the mothers do not need to do the baking or clean up the mess, they will love the dessert! On Mother’s Day, my sister, father, and I always bake her favorite cake, German Chocolate Cake. My mother absolutely loves German Chocolate Cake, so every year for Mother’s Day we bake the cake to show our love and appreciation for her. Even the little things like baking her favorite desserts, mothers will appreciate. Begin the tradition of providing the love and appreciation for Mother’s Day with their favorite dessert! Follow below for the recipe of the delicious, rich, and creamy German Chocolate Cake.

Ingredients: 

   – 3 cups of white sugar

–  2   3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

        –  1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa power

– 2   1/4 teaspoons of baking soda

– 2  1/4 teaspoons of baking powder

– 1 teaspoon of salt

– 1   1/2 cups of milk

   – 3/4 cup of vegetable oil

  – 3 eggs

  – 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

   – 1  1/2 cups of hot water

Frosting Ingredients: 

   – 1 cup of evaporated milk

    – 1 cup of brown sugar  

     – 3 egg yolks

– 1/2 cup of butter

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 1 cup of chopped pecans

  – 1   1/3 cups of flaked coconut

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a deep 14×17- inch baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

2) Sift sugar, flour, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; whisk dry ingredients together on low.

3) Whisk milk, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a separate medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix at low speed until well incorporated, about 5 minutes.

4) Gradually add hot water while the mixer is on low speed until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet.

5) Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 1 hour.

6) While the cake is cooling, mix together the ingredients for the frosting.

7) In a large saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring until thick.

8) Remove from heat and stir in the pecans and coconut. Let it cool to room temperature before spreading on the cake. Then enjoy the delicious, creamy German Chocolate Cake!

Happy Mother’s Day!

                                                Nicole. 

A Warm Welcome to the Morning!

Mother’s day is a day about appreciation and love. It is a day to show our love in return for our mother’s with everything they do. My family tradition for celebrating Mother’s Day usually starts with making breakfast in bed for my mother. My sister and I always make her favorite breakfast, french toast with fruit, and coffee. Mothers always appreciate having breakfast in bed for change, especially when they do not need to make it. The recipe my sister and I use for the french toast is very delicious. If anyone wants to start a new tradition of making their mother breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day, follow the simple recipe below of French toast.

Ingredients: 

   – 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

  – 1 cup of milk

                                                    – 1 pinch of salt      

                                               – 3 eggs

                                                 – 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

                                                   – 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

                                                     – 1 tablespoon of white sugar

   – 12 thick slices of bread

   – fresh, cut strawberries and blueberries

Instructions: 

1) Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Then whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sugar until smooth.

2) Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.

3) Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot!

4) Put the fresh strawberries and blueberries either on top or beside the french toast, then enjoy ! 

*Also, do not forget the coffee!*

Happy Mother’s Day

Nicole.

Babka, Polish Easter Bread!


An Easter traditional dinner or dessert for the Polish is a type of Easter bread called Babka. Babka is an Easter Bread that the Polish indulge on at Easter. The Polish Easter Babka celebrates the return of the egg to the diet after the strictures of the Lenten fast. The only reason I know what Babka stands for is because I am Polish. For our Easter dinners and desserts, we always have Babka as an option. It is extremely delicious! It is very nutty, due to the different kinds of nuts inside of the bread. I definitely recommend this as a try for your Easter dinner or dessert. If you are willing to take the risk of trying Babka, follow the recipe below!

Ingredients: 

– 1 cup of milk

– 3   1/3 cups of all-purpose flour

– 2 packages of active dry yeast

– 1/4 cup of lukewarm water

– 2/3 cup of sugar

– 2 teaspoons of salt

                                                  – 15 large egg yolks

                                                    – 1 teaspoon of vanilla

                                                   – 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

                                               – 1/2 cup of melted butter

                                                  – 3/4 cup of candied citrus rind

– 1/2 cup of chopped almond

– 1/3 cup of light or dark raisins

Directions: 

   1.  Scald milk and pour into a large bowl or stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Add 3/4 cup of the flour, mixing well, Cool.

   2.  Dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and let stand for 5 minutes. Add to cooled milk mixture, combing well. Cover and let rise until doubled.

  3.  In a separate large bowl, combine salt and egg yolks, and beat until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Add remaining sugar and extracts, mixing well. Combine egg mixture with risen milk mixture , beating thoroughly.

  4.  Add remaining flour; Using a wooden spoon, beat vigorously for 10 minutes or 7 minutes by machine with the paddle attachment. Add butter and continue to beat an additional 7-10 minutes.

  5.  Beat in candied rind, almonds, and raisins. Dough will be sticky. Scrape down sides, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in the same bowl. Punch down dough and let it rise again until doubled.

  6.  Generously coat a 12-inch fluted Babka pan or tube pan with cooking spray. Punch down dough and using slightly dampened hands, transfer to prepared pan.  Cover and let rise 1 hour or until the dough fills the pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  7.  Bake about 50 minutes or until instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees or toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a rack to let it cool completely. Leave plain or dust with confectioner’s sugar, if desired.

                               Enjoy the Polish Babka!

Happy Easter!

Nicole.

Hallelujah, Easter Ham!

      Do you always have the traditional Easter ham for dinner? Is it tasty, delicious or tangy? Try a new recipe of tangy, honey glazed ham ! This is the recipe that my family uses, making a delicious dinner for Easter. Once you try this recipe, you will never want to go back to the old ham style. I absolutely love ham, especially when it’s glazed! This recipe is delicious, making me crave ham every day! Easter should be celebrated with a good, tasty ham! Below are the ingredients and directions to create this wonderful taste of sensation, ham! 

Ingredients: 

– 1 (10 pound) full-cooked, bone- in ham

– 1   1/4 cups of dark brown sugar

– 1/3 cups of pineapple juice

– 1/3 cup of honey

– 1/3 large orange , juiced and zested

– 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard

– 1/4 teaspoons of ground cloves

Directions: 

   1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ham in a roasting pan.

   2. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard, and ground cloves.

   3. Bring to a boil , reduce heat, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. (set aside)

   4. Bake ham in preheated oven uncovered for 2 hours.

   5. Remove ham from oven and brush with glaze.

   6. Bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes.

                                                 Happy Easter!

Nicole.

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts!

     St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of fun, festivities, and food! It is commonly known for beer, corn beef and cabbage, and Irish Potatoes! My family tradition for St. Patrick’s Day is Irish Potatoes and Green Ice Cream Jello. I absolutely love Irish Potatoes and could eat a thousand in just one day. My other favorite dessert dish is the green ice cream jello my mother makes. It is very delicious and simple, bringing in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. These two delicious desserts are very simple and easy to make. Start a new tradition for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Potatoes and Green Ice Cream Jello. Follow the recipe below, if you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Potatoes:

      Ingredients:

–  1/4 cup of softened butter

– 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened (use regular cream cheese, not whipped)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract                                        

– 1 (16 ounce) package of confectioner’s sugar

– 7 ounces of sweetened flaked coconut  ( 2  1/2 cups)

– 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

    Directions: 

1) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese

2) Add vanilla and confectioner’s sugar

3) Beat until the mixture forms a bowl

4) Stir in coconut with a spoon

5) Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies

6) Place the cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it

7) Place the balls on a cookie sheet and let them chill for about 1 hour or until firm

8) Then, enjoy the delicious Irish Potatoes!

Green Ice Cream Jello: 

    Ingredients:                                                               

– 2 packages of jello (green)

– 1 package of knox unflavored gelatin

– 4 cups of boiling water

– 1 quart of nonfat vanilla ice cream

    Directions: 

1) Mix together both packages of jello, gelatin, and boiling water to dissolve.

2) Add 1 quart of vanilla ice cream; stir until dissolved.

3) Pour into 9 x 13 glass dish

4) Refrigerate over night, cut and serve! The ice cream will float to the top of the jello.

( The total time to prepare this dish is ten minutes, besides refrigerating over night)

5) Enjoy the exquisite Green Ice Cream Jello!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Nicole.

The Irish Tradition of Corn Beef and Cabbage!

 What’s more Irish than a traditional recipe for corn beef and cabbage? Even though my family has no Irish heritage, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by the traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage. It has a very unique and exquisite taste to it. Some people may not enjoy the taste of corn beef and cabbage, but others do. If you want to experience the traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then follow the recipe below!

Ingredients: 

– 3 pounds of corn beef brisket with spice packet

– 10 small red potatoes                                                       

– 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

– 1 large head of cabbage , cut into small wedges

Directions: 

1) Place corned  beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water.

2) Add the spice packet that came with the corn beef.

3) Cover the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.

4) Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender.

5) Add cabbage and cook for 15 minutes. Remove meat and let it rest for 15 more minutes.

6) Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth as you want.

7) Slice the meat across the grain. ( The whole corn beef and cabbage is ready in 2 hours and 35 minutes)

8) Enjoy the traditional corn beef and cabbage !

                                            Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Nicole.

Steak au Poivre?

     Did you ever wonder what your taste buds would think of with the mixture of chocolate and steak? This is the perfect Valentine’s Day meal. It has both chocolate and steak, which resembles a sign of love for Valentine’s Day. Both of these, chocolate and steak, are my absolute favorite food item to eat. The mixture of them sounds quite interesting but delicious, right? However, my family made Steak au Poivre once for our Valentine’s Day dinner and it was delicious! It was so unique, but had a sweet, bitter taste to it. Try this recipe for your special Valentine’s Day dinner! Follow the recipe below.

Ingredients: 

    – 2 beef tenderloin steaks ( 5 ounces each)

    – 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

    – 1 tablespoon of whole white or black peppercorns, crushed

    – 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Bittersweet Chocolate!

    – 1 tablespoon of finely chopped shallot

    – 1/4 cup of port wine

    – 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

    – 1/4 cup of condensed beef consommé

    – 1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary

    – 1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions: 

1) Brush the steaks with 1 tablespoon of oil; sprinkle with peppercorn and salt.

2) In a small skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in 2 teaspoons of oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness. Once they are done, remove and keep warm.

3) In the same skillet, sauté shallot in remaining oil until tender; Add wine and vinegar, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.

4) Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

5) Add beef consommé and rosemary. Bring to a boil again; add the chocolate, stirring until melted and sauce is thickened. Serve sauce with steaks!

6) Then enjoy the delicious meal of Steak au Poivre !

Happy Valentines Day!

    Nicole.

A Sweet Dessert for our Sweet Love !

Valentine’s Day Dessert!

Valentine’s Day is a day to show our love and affection towards each other or significant others. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays; however, the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day is chocolate. The best present that someone could get me for Valentine’s Day besides roses, would be any kind of food related with chocolate. My family tradition for Valentine’s Day is a chocolate dessert. The Molten Lava Cake is the dessert my family makes for Valentine’s Day to express our sweet love to each other. The  Molten Lava Cake is a great dessert for Valentine’s Day or even any time someone is willing to bake it. To create this delicious dessert, follow the recipe and instructions below.

Ingredients: 

– 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins

– 1/3 cup of Confectioner’s sugar, plus more for ramekins and serving

– 2 ounces of semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces

– 1 large egg

– 1 large egg yolk

– 1 teaspoon of espresso powder

– pinch of salt

– 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees; Butter two 6-ounce ramekins, then dust with sugar.

2) Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Let cool slightly.

3) In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yolk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt. Add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not over mix).

4) Then, pour batter into prepared ramekins (Recipe can made up ahead until this point).

5) Bake until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from the edge of ramekin comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wet.

6) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (do not over bake ).

7) Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around the inside of the ramekins to loosen.

8) Invert cakes onto serving plates, dust with sugar and serve immediately.

Enjoy The Molten Lava Cake!

                                               Happy Valentine’s Day

                                           Nicole.